People often make the mistake of thinking a drunk driving charge is a simple charge, especially if it is a first-time offense or misdemeanor charge. The truth is that people often underestimate the consequences of a DUI. Before talking to a prosecutor or agreeing to settle your case, talk to an experienced drunk driving attorney about your options.
The attorneys at Charles Vincent & Associates have extensive experience helping people with DUII charges. We want to make sure you understand how a driving under the influence charge can impact you and also what we can do to help. Our firm is made up of experienced trial lawyers. We have the know-how to identify weaknesses in the prosecution’s case against you and, if needed, how to exploit that in trial.
Over the years, we have represented thousands of clients facing drunk driving charges; the following are some of the top mistakes made by people in DUII cases:
- Thinking DUII is a simple case: DUII is not simple. In fact, in most DUII prosecutions, there are two cases against you. The first case is the DMV license suspension, in which the state attempts to suspend your license for 90 days or longer for failing or refusing a breath test. The second case is the criminal case against you, in which the state has charged a crime that carries a minimum of two days in jail, a maximum of one year (or more if there are prior DUII convictions), a $6,250 fine, and a longer license suspension, among other consequences.
- Missing the deadline to request a DMV hearing: You have only 10 days to request a DMV hearing. Once requested, this hearing can be the difference between keeping or losing your driver’s license.
- Taking a diversion without reviewing the police reports: DUII cases are complicated. Only after legal review should you conclude your case is hopeless. It is wise to talk to a lawyer before you decide, so that you can make an informed choice about what to do.
- Pleading guilty to DUII without talking to a lawyer: Make sure you explore all of your options before deciding to give up your right to trial.
Know Your Options. Call Our Firm Today.
It costs nothing to investigate your options before making a plea, but once that plea is entered, your future is set. If you are facing a DUII case, we encourage you to talk to a lawyer at our firm about your options. Once you understand what is possible, you can choose the best option for you.
Call our firm today at 541-687-6765 or send us an email to schedule an appointment. We represent clients in Eugene, Springfield and throughout southern Oregon.